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What are Dental Implants?
Posted on 9/12/2018 by Renee Bancroft
Dental Implants have revolutionized the way we treat our patients. Missing teeth, poorly fitting bridges, dentures, and extractions are no longer road blocks to achieving a beautiful smile. With Dental Implants at Northwest Implants & Sleep Dentistry, we love to help people achieve optimal oral health while meeting their personal goals for the smile they dream of. It’s a win-win! But what are Dental Implants?
A New Tooth
Dental Implants are essentially a prosthetic tooth. The crown of the implant will look just like a regular tooth, but underneath the gums it sits on a titanium post that we surgically place in your jaw. The titanium post acts just like the root of a real tooth, without the blood supply through nerves. The bone around the implant fuses itself to the post, making it immovable and allowing the gums to sit around the implant just as they do with a real tooth.
Because the implant acts much the same as a normal tooth, day to day life does not have to change as it would with a bridge or simply a gap. Your smile will not suffer, and neither will your eating habits!
There are multiple health benefits with Dental Implants. When no implant is placed where a missing tooth is, the bone surrounding the teeth on either side are in jeopardy. The same goes for denture patients. The bone in our maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) operates under the mentality “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Essentially, if there is not weight pushing down through the teeth into the jaw through chewing, it will resorb. This is why denture patients lose bone and the profile of their face changes. When a dental implant is placed, as mentioned before the bone grows around it, and because it acts much the same as a normal tooth an implant helps keep healthy bone levels in the mouth. In other words, Dental Implants “use it”, so you don’t “lose it”. Having a well fitting crown on top of an implant also will help the health of the gums of the teeth surrounding it by preventing food traps and other issues.
To see if you are a candidate for Dental Implants, schedule an appointment with your Northwest Implants & Sleep Dentistry Team today!
What Sets UsApart
PATIENT EDUCATION We know that involving you in the decision-making process, and having you be an active, educated proponent of your oral healthcare, is essential for a positive outcome, and we’ll do everything in our power to ensure you are empowered and involved.
Each Patient is Unique At Northwest Implant and Specialized Dentistry, we are committed to providing each patient with individualized, professional care that restores optimal oral health and smiles. Here we understand that every patient has unique clinical needs, and the expertise of Dr. Hauck and Dr. Freuen and our experienced team allows us to craft treatment plans that are right for each person we see.
Our Technology Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for diagnostics and procedures, and each member of our team is highly trained in providing exceptional care. Our staff pursues continuing education programs throughout the year to keep our skills and knowledge on the leading edge.
Are you ready to get the smile you deserve? Let's get started. We are here to help. Contact us today at 509-467-5268 to talk to one of our team members. Or, sign up for our free, no-obligation seminar to learn more.
Dr. Hauck and Dr. Freuen 9911 N Nevada Ste 120 Spokane, WA 99218